At the bottom of this notecard you will find a link to a collaborative recording produced by a number of musicians operating in Second Life right now. The song is yours to download for free as a thank you for taking a moment to read about live music in Second Life. Feel free to pass this notecard on to your friends...or even better invite them to accompany you to a live music show the next time you take one in :)
We all know that Second Life contains a million different diversions all in competition for your attention and yet there is one enhancement enjoyed almost universally by people in their real lives that is often overlooked in SL: live music.
The technology exists for music to be streamed into any sim in SL and be enjoyed by anyone present. There are few locations that do not play music of some sort on their land be it simply a radio or maybe a playlisting DJ but there is also a growing group of live performers and musicians who bring entertaining and interactive live shows to Second Life residents. This type of performer is as varied as there are genres so no matter what your personal tastes in music are you are sure to find something you enjoy!
Some acts perform original music for you to discover and some do cover songs you already know and love. One thing that is common is that they strive to bring SL residents an enjoyable and rewarding musical experience full of the buzz of a live atmosphere and the utmost talent and professionalism.
There are no judgements on what constitutes a musician only that there is a significant live element to their act. Take your pick from full bands, solo singers, guitarists, pianists, rappers, turntablists and any number of other instrumentalists in just about every genre you can imagine. And the great thing about it is that like the rest of SL you can of course enjoy the shows in the comfort of your own home.
Music is coming home..all you have to do is let it in :)
In order for live music in SL to thrive it is important to remember that the musicians themselves and the venues that host them deserve recognition for the hard work, talent and value they bring to your SL experience. SL has a busy economy. Residents are used to paying a small amount in order to have somewhere to live, to have gadgets to play with and for their avatar to appear and be dressed exactly the way they want it. When you enjoy live music in SL please also consider that there is a cost involved in bringing that music to an audience and that this experience also has value.
As an audience member you can show your appreciation in 2 ways. Firstly, you can tip the musician directly as most musicians place a tip jar on stage. This enables a musican to continue to perform in SL and also to possibly fund their music related activites such as the production of their own recordings. Secondly, you can also show support to the venue that is hosting live music concerts. Being a venue host is a skill in itself and at the moment many venue owners are philanthropically funding the staging of concerts out of their own pockets. This clearly an unsustainable situation which provides little room for growth and so if you are enjoying a show and you feel the venue is enhancing your SL experience by the way they are staging it then please consider also tipping the venue. Again, most venues will have a house tip jar. Not all musicians and venues operate in the same way so if you are ever unsure about how to tip or the suitability of tipping in a certain situation please just enquire during the show. You always find lots of friendly folks eager to help you.
Thank you for persevering with all that wordy stuff. Now please enjoy your free track with the compliments of the live musicians of SL. There are short biographies of the musicians involved below this URL from where you can download the song "Get It Together". We hope you enjoy it....and remember.......music is coming home!
.....and finally thanks to the following people without whose help, encouragement and support this project would not have been possible; Bree Birke, Ticious Trottier, Sally Silvera, Reginald Beck and Allanah Tomsen. :)
Use this link to download..
Here are the musicians involved in this project....
*** Djai Skellerup ***
Djai is a piano vocal singer songwriter from the UK. Djai wrote the song "Get It Together" and conceived the project for the recording and free distribution of the song. Djai's shows consist of his own songs which he performs live. His album "Ice Age Diaries" will be available later in 2008.
*** Toby Lancaster ***
Toby Lancaster is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from the south of England. Although guitar is his main instrument, he also plays keyboards and uses computers to make music. He composes in a number of styles including solo acoustic guitar, rock, blues, jazz, and experimental. He has recently worked on some tracks with Grace McDunnough and Djai Skjellerup, and produced and engineered the Get It Together track.
*** Jean Munro ***
Jean has her degree in music and is a professional vocalist and keyboard player, arranger, and composer. She likes to perform in all genres, from classical, rock, contemporary, and Jazz, putting her own personal style into everything she does.
*** Rich Desoto ***
Rich is known as Rich Palmer in real life. He plays bass for the band "The Fries" (www.thefriesband.com). Rich is working on new material for a pop/rock CD entitled "Future Retrospect." He's also a singer/songwriter that has recently released a CD for children called "Sing a Song for Safety."
*** Lyn Carlberg ***
Lyn Carlberg is from Wales, land of song, dragons and awesome rugby. He plays a Martin electro-acoustic guitar, and has been performing live in SL since Sept 2007. Lyn likes to play a folky style like Paul Simon, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Cat Stevens and sings bluesey-mushy-weepy romantic covers of Clapton, Dylan, Dire Straits, and Sting. Also some traditional Celtic love songs and a few of his originals.
*** Mimi Carpenter ***
Mimi Carpenter is French currently living in Germany. She was mostly brought up on country, Anglo-Saxon and world music, which her parents enjoyed listening to. " I wish to transmit what I feel through my music... It is for me a way to express myself as I am not so good in handling words, when I have to speak about myself and about what I feel..."
*** Freestar Tammas ***
Freestar Tammas has been writing and performing her original songs about life and love for as long as she can remember. Her soulful delivery comes from the heart and her greatest hope is that it will reach others and somehow make the world a little better.
*** Kim Seifert ***
Kim Seifert is a singer/songwriter who grew up in the Midwest, USA, in a very musical family. Her musical style is well suited for high energy country rock with just a touch of attitude. She is currently working on the preproduction phase of her first cd which will include all originals.
*** Zak Claxton ***
Zak Claxton is a singer/songwriter who has spent more than two decades as a live/session musician and audio technology expert. He plays often in SL. He likes expensive acoustic guitars, delicious cheeses, and his ladyfriend Kat Claxton.
*** Norris Shepherd ***
Norris Shepherd is a New Brunwick (Canada) farm boy armed with an acoustic guitar, his voice, and the occasional bottle of homemade wine. He draws from an ecclectic collection of songs including folk, pop/rock, Canadian indie and alternative, and sticks in a few original songs in on occasion.
*** BabbleGrabble Swindlehurst ***
BabbleGrabble Swindlehurst is a guitarist and vocalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He covers Radiohead, Beck, R.E.M., Wilco, Big Star, Spoon, Tom Petty, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, plus many other artists; and he's got his own music as well. His style ranges from "folksy ballads" to "naked rock" and is heavily influenced by various "Power Pop" bands from the 70's through today.
*** The Professor ***
Ed Lamoureux plays guitar and sings in SL as "the Professor." In RL he teaches Multimedia and Communication at Bradley U. in Peoria, IL; in SL he teaches Field Research/Ethnography as Professor Beliveau. He's active withe NMC both in RL and SL. Ed/the Professor/Professor Beliveau is married (28 years) with 4 teenagers (YIKES), enjoys golf, Angels/Lakers/Rams/Kings, watercoloring, and of course writing music and singing. He's had a rough time with health issues the last couple years: Music in SL has been a saving grace.
the Professor's page:
*** Jambalaya Fonck ***
Jambalaya Fonck is a guitarist with a style encompassing blues, rock, jazz, funk and pop. Bathed in the sounds of funky jazz and blues, the call of the Watermelon Man, and the throb of zydeco amidst echos of centuries past, Jamba's muse led him through piano, recorder, clarinet and saxophone, but it was the guitar that ultimately provided him with the broad revelation of musical spirit. Equally capable on electric or acoustic he is one half of the duo Willowhouse (the other half being his better half, Willowhouse Richez). They have been playing in SL for some time now.
To learn more about the vibrant and growing LIVE MUSIC community in Second Life, visit the Second Life Music Community (SLMC) forum at http://slmc.myfastforum.org/index.php